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WillBrink
03-25-2005, 08:25 PM
Gang, thought I would add a movie thread. I rent probably see 1-3 movies per week and will almost anything. I have seen too many to list this year but wanted to list a few that came to mind that are worth seeing. I consider a movie worth seeing if it gets a C or lower, so that’s the lowest grade you will find. I am a big movie and music buff and have invested a good portion of my income (for too big a portion!) to my home entertainment system. Here’s my short list.

• The Twilight Samurai. Best movie I have seen in a long time, even with the subtitles!
Must see movie. It’s not an action movie as much as a love story, human story, and story of friendship, but the few sword fights in the movie are great. Stunning movie making. A+

• Garden State. Sort of a modern coming of age movie with better dialog and acting then you would normally see in the typical coming of age type movie. A –/B+

• I love the Hukabees. Despite the really stupid name, I enjoyed this movie a lot. It’s sort of a metaphysical oddball comedy with some great acting. What it was supposed to teach the viewer, but I enjoyed it. B+

• The Incredibles. If you like animation, in particular computer animation, this is a must see movie. Actually lives up to its hype. Even for those not into animation, no one will fail to enjoy this movie regardless of age. A+

• Shark Tale. I am a big fan of any of these CGI computer animation movies (eg, Bugs Life, Shreck, etc.) so I rent any and all of them. This is a fun movie, but it’s no Incredibles and more geared toward kids and die hard lovers of the genre like me. B-/C+

• Shaun of The Dead. Dark twisted humor at its best. It’s a spoof on the Dawn of The Dead movies (human eating zombies and all) and is both funny and creapy.A campy low budget good movie. B+

• Troy. Better then I expected with some good “cast of zillions” battle scenes. It’s no Spartacus, but it’s a good rental. C+

• Flight of the Phoenix. A fairly predictable outcome, but some great special effects and some good character development for this type of movie. Nothing you will remember a year from now, but a decent rental. C+

• Pirates of the Caribbean. I expected this to be a silly kids movie and rented because they were out of what I wanted and was stunned to find this movie was so good. Johnny Depp is amazing, special effects and sets are first rate, and a good time is had by all. Biggest surprise of the year for me. A

erp7e
04-17-2005, 11:04 PM
If anyone has not seen Collateral I would highly recommend it.

WillBrink
04-17-2005, 11:34 PM
If anyone has not seen Collateral I would highly recommend it.

I enjoyed that also, but it sort of reminded me of a Heat light. Amazingly, Electra was not nearly as bad as I expected and is a fun rental, and oh my God, is the gal in that movie good looking.

erp7e
04-18-2005, 01:04 AM
Yes I am a huge Micheal Mann fan. Insider, Heat, Mohicans, Manhunter, Thief also among my favorites (didn't like Ali much).

Simon
04-18-2005, 10:36 AM
Ali
was screwed man, talk about timeline confusion. If you knew about boxing and Ali, you could follow it, if you didn't it would have given you entirly the wrong percpetion of the important parts of his life and why various issues created the ones they showed you.

Pretty good job by Smith I have to say, but it was just all over the place IMO.

Collateral
top stuff, enjoyed it a lot, cruise put in his 2nd best perf since born on 4th july

Shark tale,
I thought was very , very medicore, nice animation but good sum up Will, for kids, it didn't work on 2 levels at all like say the incredibiles or dreamworks stuff, I would not advise this for adults, it was weak.

Pirates
is not a bad movie, little cheesy, Depp was as always quality, more of a chicks flick IMO< damsell in distress , sexy pirate rescues etc

Troy,
still not sure why it got a bit of a slating, I tried not to like it but failed, Pitt was a little wooden (no horse jokes please) but in general he was ok as was bana, the whole production was superb in general, not on gladiator scale but none the less a very good movie, some better extras would have been appreciated and some history for dumbasses might have been worth while as my bet is that still 85% of the people who watched that didn't understand the region , peoples or relegions involved.

Not seen hukabees or twighlight samurai, will give them a whirl.

Watched a few others recently

The Manchurian candidate ,
very entertaining, worth a watch for sure, Denzel doesn't dissapoint, slightly mediocre ending as if it kind of trailed off, but very watchable, the kind you actually bother to pause if you go for a piss.

Hero,
another Jet lee extravganza, utterly superb IMO, cinematography the equal of which you have probably never seen, the entire sequences all filmed in one colour each without using a coloured lens, the sheer magnittude and scale of size and extras combined with some truly utterly hugely original superb fight scenes and a brilliant twisting storyline puts this on my recommend to everyone list,. No gore at all in it despite hundreds dying so it's watchable by every age group. Just on the beautiful aesthics of it it's worth watching twice.

Alfie,
very medicore movie, way to PC, destroyed the quintessential character of the original alfie in one fell swoop, excellent initial 20 minutes when Law gets to play Alfie but after that forget it , weak as hell IMO.

Cellular,
watchable but nothing to get to excited about, basinger is above average but that's as flowery as I can be on this one.

Mean Creek
A sort of stand by me for modern times, ultimately watchable story of kids growing up fast over one innocent situation which goes pear shaped.

The MotorCyle Diaries,
fantastic production of the youth of che guevara, covers the story of the young doctor as he travels around with his best friend on a knackered old motorbike. Stunning scenery, warming storyline and and insight into the youth of a man that came to represent cuba more than fidlel ultimately.

City of God,
probably the most realistic movie ever filmed IMO, there are sections when you have to ask yourself if it's not a documentary, grizzly, thought provoking look at the inner city depravation and youth orientated crime lords running around brazil, 100% true story with real character input. Rating AA++

alwaysimprove
04-18-2005, 09:09 PM
Holy crap you watch alot of movies :eek:
When do you find time to do anything else?

pizzaman
04-19-2005, 12:21 AM
Napoleon Dynamite is great. The lives of the characters are so pathetic they are hysterical!

erp7e
04-19-2005, 04:49 AM
I agree - ND is bizarre but hilarious.

Simon
04-19-2005, 10:02 AM
Holy crap you watch alot of movies :eek:
When do you find time to do anything else?

12 movies, a lot?

Well I certainly do enjoy watching movies, I probably watch around 2 per week, if anything is available worth watching.


I guess 3 hrs per week out of hundreds is no major problem for me to fit in to be honest, I also work from home which helps :-)

alwaysimprove
04-19-2005, 02:09 PM
12 movies, a lot?

Well I certainly do enjoy watching movies, I probably watch around 2 per week, if anything is available worth watching.


I guess 3 hrs per week out of hundreds is no major problem for me to fit in to be honest, I also work from home which helps :-)

Ohh ok,
I thought you watched all those during one week or weekend... 2 per week isn't bad, that's appoximately what I watch.
Just watched Shaun of the Dead, I thought it was hilarious but other people I know who watched it didn't like it much. I did start watching it at 11 PM so I was pretty tired, that might have increase the level of hilarity...

Boxer
04-19-2005, 02:32 PM
Shaun of the Dead was a good film. It contained some very funny moments. I would give it an A or A-.

erp7e
04-19-2005, 06:33 PM
Damn. All I can say is I need to start watching some more movies.

alanjlamore
04-20-2005, 01:02 AM
Anyone else here on the mail-in-movie thing where you sign up for like $12/month and they mail you 3 movies at a time, then mail your next in line as soon as you send one back?

They pay for all the postage too.

My wife just signed us up for it about a month and a half ago. I thought it wasn't going to be worth it, but I still have a long list, and we've upped our movie watching from about 1 every 2 months to about 2-3 per week.

We have a lot of catching up to do since we're finding out that there are a LOT of good movies that aren't as well known or advertised as much, so we hadn't heard about them.

To try to stay on topic a little bit, I thought Ocean's 12 wasn't nearly as good as I thought it was going to be, and a lot worse than Ocean's 11. I had high hopes for that movie, but for me, it didn't come through.
I give it a C+ because of how good they made it out to be in the previews. If I hadn't seen the previews, I'd give it a B.

WillBrink
04-20-2005, 02:54 PM
Anyone else here on the mail-in-movie thing where you sign up for like $12/month and they mail you 3 movies at a time, then mail your next in line as soon as you send one back?

They pay for all the postage too.

My wife just signed us up for it about a month and a half ago. I thought it wasn't going to be worth it, but I still have a long list, and we've upped our movie watching from about 1 every 2 months to about 2-3 per week.

We have a lot of catching up to do since we're finding out that there are a LOT of good movies that aren't as well known or advertised as much, so we hadn't heard about them.

To try to stay on topic a little bit, I thought Ocean's 12 wasn't nearly as good as I thought it was going to be, and a lot worse than Ocean's 11. I had high hopes for that movie, but for me, it didn't come through.
I give it a C+ because of how good they made it out to be in the previews. If I hadn't seen the previews, I'd give it a B.

Ocean's 11 was an old movie theysimply remade, so their was little needed effort on the movie makers side. Oceans 12 they actuallyhad to come up with a plot, etc., and that's where the fell apart. I thougth it was an OK rental more or less, but there were some major holes in the plot for sure.

pizzaman
04-21-2005, 04:38 AM
Anyone else here on the mail-in-movie thing where you sign up for like $12/month and they mail you 3 movies at a time, then mail your next in line as soon as you send one back?

They pay for all the postage too.
.

Yes. We have been using netflix for many months now. It is a lot more convient than driving down to the local video rental place. And there is always a movie available at home now (unless we go crazy and watch them all at once!).

alwaysimprove
04-21-2005, 03:36 PM
Anyone else here on the mail-in-movie thing where you sign up for like $12/month and they mail you 3 movies at a time, then mail your next in line as soon as you send one back?

They pay for all the postage too.

I would use one of those but I live in an appartment and the movies wouldn't fit in the little mailbox I have so I would have to go wait in line at the post office instead of waiting in line at Blockbuster, I'd rather wait in line at blockbuster...

alanjlamore
04-21-2005, 04:47 PM
We went with blockbuster, then found out that netflix was a little cheaper, but then we heard that blockbuster's price was going to come down to compete. I should see if we're under a contract or if we can start getting the cheaper monthly price.

Simon
04-22-2005, 10:47 AM
Anyone else here on the mail-in-movie thing where you sign up for like $12/month and they mail you 3 movies at a time, then mail your next in line as soon as you send one back?

They pay for all the postage too.

My wife just signed us up for it about a month and a half ago. I thought it wasn't going to be worth it, but I still have a long list, and we've upped our movie watching from about 1 every 2 months to about 2-3 per week.

We have a lot of catching up to do since we're finding out that there are a LOT of good movies that aren't as well known or advertised as much, so we hadn't heard about them.

To try to stay on topic a little bit, I thought Ocean's 12 wasn't nearly as good as I thought it was going to be, and a lot worse than Ocean's 11. I had high hopes for that movie, but for me, it didn't come through.
I give it a C+ because of how good they made it out to be in the previews. If I hadn't seen the previews, I'd give it a B.


I have used blockbusters version of this and found it to be pretty good, saves a lot of time. Recently a friend has been lending me a lot of new films so I dropped the bb service, but I was perfectly happy with it.

WillBrink
04-22-2005, 02:13 PM
I have used blockbusters version of this and found it to be pretty good, saves a lot of time. Recently a friend has been lending me a lot of new films so I dropped the bb service, but I was perfectly happy with it.

Another movie I can recommend: Sideways. Very well acted and directed. Funny, sad, two pals have a mid life crisis type theme.

Simon
04-24-2005, 03:09 PM
Watched Blade Trinity last night, jesus that was weak compared to 1 and 2.

Huckabees for this evening.

alanjlamore
04-26-2005, 01:44 PM
Saw Meet the Fockers last night. That was better than I thought it would be. My wife heard that it wasn't as good as the first so I didn't have high hopes for it.

Personally I thought it was better than the first. Dustin Hoffman is great in it.

I also saw parts of Ali on TV the other day. I thought it was good for what I saw of it. I didn't get to catch it all so I'll ad it to my list with blockbuster's mail in thing.

WillBrink
04-29-2005, 03:14 PM
Watched Blade Trinity last night, jesus that was weak compared to 1 and 2.

Huckabees for this evening.

Just watched it and Holy mother of God is Blade Trinity terrible! The first Blade is an absolute classic in the genre, though I always figured it was a fluke. I was disappointed in Blade two, though it was not the worst movie I ever saw. Blade Trinity was so bad I turned it off about half way through. It actually starts out OK, but goes south real fast. Most curious was the casting, which was the strangest and most unlikely bunch of vampires (Parker Posey as vampire, are you kidding me???) and vampire killers I ever saw. The cast a bunch of well known comic actors as vampire killers, and it’s as bad as it sounds. Triple H is also God awful. Only saving grace is Wissler’s (spell?) daughter who is way attractive. This movie gets a Z as F would be too kind.

What did you think of Huckabees?

Simon
04-29-2005, 04:27 PM
Didn't like it much to overly quirky for it's own good IMO

WillBrink
04-29-2005, 04:34 PM
Didn't like it much to overly quirky for it's own good IMO

Yes, a bit over the top at times, but I enjoyed it. At least they attempted to do something different and outside the normal safe crap for the masses so common today. I thought some of the dialogue was great, but you are often left with a "where are they going with this" feeling. Spesking of quirky but good, ever see The Big Labouski? It's an older movie with Jeff Bridges, but I really liked that movie.

Simon
05-20-2005, 10:14 AM
My fav order of star wars films

Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars
Return of the Jedi
Attack of the clones
Phantom Menace

Hopefully ROTS with move up above at least Attack of the clones.

WillBrink
05-20-2005, 02:08 PM
My fav order of star wars films

Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars
Return of the Jedi
Attack of the clones
Phantom Menace

Hopefully ROTS with move up above at least Attack of the clones.

I agree with that line up. Empire was the best of the lot by far. "Luke, I am your father" I almost fell out of my chair.

Simon
05-22-2005, 04:56 PM
Not bad movie, special effects/war scenes were quite frankly unsurpassed by anything ever made, as far as the story goes, again just did nothing for me, the scene with the darth vader helment going on was nicely done, the rest was pretty souless i thought, even Euan was average. Def the best of the prequels by far though but as far as as a great engrossing story not to hot. Quite moralistic and PC as well which was interesting . In short not bad at all but no classic for me. ROTJ had the scene were Darth throws the emperor down the tunnel, that's the best bit of any star wars film IMO

Ad
05-22-2005, 06:21 PM
The MotorCyle Diaries,
fantastic production of the youth of che guevara, covers the story of the young doctor as he travels around with his best friend on a knackered old motorbike. Stunning scenery, warming storyline and and insight into the youth of a man that came to represent cuba more than fidlel ultimately.

City of God,
probably the most realistic movie ever filmed IMO, there are sections when you have to ask yourself if it's not a documentary, grizzly, thought provoking look at the inner city depravation and youth orientated crime lords running around brazil, 100% true story with real character input. Rating AA++


These 2 movies deserve more recognition.

Simon
05-22-2005, 07:02 PM
Yeah agreed, both excellent.

Simon
05-22-2005, 09:52 PM
Yes, a bit over the top at times, but I enjoyed it. At least they attempted to do something different and outside the normal safe crap for the masses so common today. I thought some of the dialogue was great, but you are often left with a "where are they going with this" feeling. Spesking of quirky but good, ever see The Big Labouski? It's an older movie with Jeff Bridges, but I really liked that movie.

Yeah saw that many years back pretty good movie.

WillBrink
05-23-2005, 02:45 PM
Not bad movie, special effects/war scenes were quite frankly unsurpassed by anything ever made, as far as the story goes, again just did nothing for me, the scene with the darth vader helment going on was nicely done, the rest was pretty souless i thought, even Euan was average. Def the best of the prequels by far though but as far as as a great engrossing story not to hot. Quite moralistic and PC as well which was interesting . In short not bad at all but no classic for me. ROTJ had the scene were Darth throws the emperor down the tunnel, that's the best bit of any star wars film IMO

So where would you put it in the overall line up? Better then Return of the Jedi at least?

pizzaman
05-24-2005, 01:11 AM
Saw SW III yesterday. It was pretty good, although I found Anakin's transition to the dark side less than convincing. One minute he is still doing what is right. The next he is pledging his life to the Sith.

But I am surprised that no one has yet mentioned the obvious high point of the movie -- the appearance of Jar Jar Binks towards the end! :)

Simon
05-25-2005, 10:21 AM
Saw SW III yesterday. It was pretty good, although I found Anakin's transition to the dark side less than convincing. One minute he is still doing what is right. The next he is pledging his life to the Sith.

But I am surprised that no one has yet mentioned the obvious high point of the movie -- the appearance of Jar Jar Binks towards the end! :)


I noticed that as well, the transition was just plain stupid;. The no 1 reason he said he was going to the sith was because of the ability to give life back to the dead, then he basically nearly went and killed the women he said he wanted to bring back to life anyway, so what was the benefit of going to the sith.

It was weak, it just didn't add up at all.

WB, re position I would place it about where Return of the jedi is, despite the stupid ewoks ROTJ still is a better movie IMO.

Of course from a special effects perspective and action etc, this movie unbelievably good. Truth is I think if the first movies had never been made, people would rave about the new three movies, but that's not the case and you have to appease a generation of Star wars fans and these movies just don't cut the mustard.

erp7e
06-08-2005, 06:12 PM
Saw "Team America World Police." Holy sh*t it is hilarious! Everyone gets lampooned, from Michael Moore to fake actors to terrorists to militaristic right-wingers. I really would've liked to see Bush, Chenney et al. get slammed a little harder, which, let's face it, is not hard to do. The puppet sex scene is, in the words of a friend of mine, "pound for pound, the best sex scene in cinematic history."

Check it out for a good laugh.

Simon
06-09-2005, 08:41 AM
Yeah thought I would take a look at that one, looked like it had potential.

Two very chick orientate films Before Sunset and Before Sunrise are worth a watch if your in the mood with a bottle of wine etc.

Very simple, cast of 2 , no special effects, no sets, very honest , watchable both of them , both dont' expect fireworks.